cropped-butterfly-2.pngI’m sorry you found my blog.

HA!  What a funny thing to say on a blog!!  But seriously, if you landed here, you either know me, or know someone that has cancer.  That’s why I’m sorry!

Cancer.

I hate that word.

I remember sitting in the oncologist’s office in my early 20’s listening to the Dr. tell me that while it was not likely I would get Ocular Melanoma like my Mom, 3 out of 4 people would be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in their life.  Since all of my Grandparents and my Mom have died of some type of cancer, I knew my day would come.  I just never thought my diagnosis would be the day after my 41st birthday and as a mother of a 10, 7 and 6 year old.

Fast forward 4 years (October 2019) and the cancer has returned in other bones.  So here we are, ready to fight again…and looking to be on some sort of treatment for the rest of my life.

This blog is my journey as I fight to leave cancer behind and move on in my life.

I should probably back up and introduce myself . . . my name is Jennifer.  I’m a Christ follower, married to an amazing man (who happens to be a chef turned Co-CEO of a restaurant), have 3 beautiful daughters and I’ve been diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer which originally spread to my sternum, but has now spread to quite a few other bones  and one of my lungs as well.

I know it can be confusing when you stumble upon a new blog, so let me help you get started.

  • I have a blog to keep track of my thoughts and to let friends and family know what’s going on.
  • You can get to know our family or read my personal testimony here.
  • As I’ve been going through different procedures, I’ve written down what it was like.  You can find a list of those over in the side bar (or down at the bottom if you are on a mobile device).
  • Click here to receive an email when I publish new posts.
  • And finally, if you noticed above that I’m married to a chef and think that must be the MOST AMAZING THING EVER, click here and browse through my blog about what it’s really like to be married to a chef.  (I love blogging.  Can you tell?)

Jennifer

Here’s what’s going on with me right now . . .

This is a first…

Well, I almost don’t know how to write this post because I actually have good news. I’m not used to getting to share good news.

I had my CT today and it went well. We got the results from the radiologist about 15 minutes after I got home which is so fast! We googled a little bit and it looked like it was good news, but were a little unsure. The doctor called at the end of his work day and I am happy to say I have good scan results!

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So Much to be Thankful for, so why am I so Discouraged?

We have so much to be thankful for,  and I could make a big list for you. We’ve talked about them this week. Yet I’m sitting here worried and scared about this upcoming week.

Monday I have chemo again.

Tuesday I have a CT scan to see how this chemo is working.  Since my symptoms are getting worse,  I don’t expect to get good news from this scan.

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Draining and Chemo

We drained the fluid from around my lung at home this morning for the first time with the Pluerex Catheter. It was quick and easy to do. We drained 900ml after just 4 days. That was a lot more than we expected. I feel much better after that!

Chemo was quick and went well today. Nothing new to report.

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Sore, but home resting

Today’s procedure went well. Before they took me into the procedure room, the doctor brought in an ultrasound machine and we made sure that there was enough fluid and that the fluid was in the right place so that he could do the procedure.

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Procedure Tomorrow

Quick post tonight…fluid is still building up around my lungs making it hard to breathe if I am doing anything at all. So instead of just having it drained, we’ve made the decision with the guidance of the doctor to put in a pleurx catheter so I can drain it at home. I had my COVID test today and have to be at Valley at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow to check in for the 8 a.m. procedure.

I’m also having horrible fatigue. I could sleep all the time…..

Thanks for praying.

I’ve Been Hiding Something

We’ve been enjoying time with my Dad and Else up here. It’s pretty cold and most of the leaves are off the trees which makes me sad. I love looking at fall leaves.

I’ve been dealing with something over the past month or so that I haven’t shared with you yet. Nothing on this journey is easy, even the second time around. Here’s a vlog about it…

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Room 12

SPCU (special procedures care unit) room 12 is my room. For some reason, I always get assigned to that room. Next time I think I will bring a little plaque to put on the doorway so everyone knows.

Today, they drained 700 ml from my lungs after only 70 hours. That is a lot for such a short time! That means the fluid is producing faster and faster.

As soon as the Dr. confirmed with the ultrasound machine that I was as dry as possible, he pulled my chest tube out. I am chest tube free!

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Meet Jennifer

Breast Cancer Patient, Chef Wife and Mom

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Resources:

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How to help a friend or family member with cancer
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What to Expect:

Breast Biopsy
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PET Scan
port surgery
chemotherapy
Mastectomy
Reconstruction
oophorectomy
Radiation
neuropathy after chemo